Hello, I have a basic setup at this point consisting of a vintage panasonic turntable, a 1970s sansui receiver (rated at 40W per channel) and two new energy veritas v-5.1 bookshelf speakers rated for a max 175W rms. It seems that the receiver doesn't really have enough power for these speakers. At the low end they just produce very muddly base and although they sound good at low volume I can't really crank it up without getting distortion. I hooked the system up to my modern receiver with 120W per channel and the sound was night and day. I do prefer to tonal quality of the vintage amp but obviously it is underpowered.
1. How much power do I need to get the most out of my energy veritas v-5.1 bookshelf speakers rated at 175W rms. Is it ideal to shave an amp that makes 175W per channel?
2. Are there any readily available vintage amps that produce enough power for <$300?
3. Right now I am plugging the turntable into the phono input using the integrated pre-amp of the receiver. Would it be beneficial to get a seperate phono pre-amp?